3 Super-Protein Breakfasts

Breakfast flapjacks

When you think protein, you usually think turkey, chicken, steak, eggs, and so on. But, there are alternative sources of protein, including the milk-based whey protein, found in powder form. Start of your day without worrying about the fat that comes with animal sources of protein. Protein powders come in a variety of flavors, but I like vanilla. Pump yourself up with whey protein, which is a key ingredient in the following recipes: Super Protein Muffins, Pancakes and Oatmeal!

Super Protein Muffins

3/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
1 1/2 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp lemon extract
1/2 tsp Stevia
1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease 12-cup muffin tin.

In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, flour, flax seeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In another bowl, blend together the rest of the ingredients. Quickly incorporate the dry and wet mixtures and distribute into the prepared muffin tin.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean.

Protein Pancakes
Makes 18 to 19 pancakes

1/2 quick cooking oats
3/4 cup oat flour
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
2 eggs
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup cooked mashed sweet potatoes
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tbsp honey
3/4 cup milk
Grapeseed oil for cooking

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, oat flour, protein powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and flaxseed. Set aside.

In another large bowl mix the eggs, apple sauce, mashed sweet potatoes and lemon zest until well combined.

Combine the content of both bowls and quickly mix until just blended.

In a large nonstick pan over medium-low heat, add about 2 teaspoons of oil and cook pancakes, about 1/4 cup of batter per pancake, over gentle heat until bubbles form on the topside.

Carefully flip the pancakes. (They will be softer than conventional pancakes, so use care.) Flip and finish cooking on the other side until golden brown.

Note: For extra fluffy pancakes, separate the eggs, mix the yolks with the wet ingredients and after wet and dry ingredients have been just combined, beat egg whites until soft peaks form and then gently incorporate in the batter.

Protein-Packed Oatmeal
Makes 1 serving

1 cup unsweetened almond milk or water
1⁄2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1⁄2 cup your favorite berries

In a medium saucepan, combine almond milk (or water) and oats and bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in protein powder. Serve and top with your favorite berries.

Alternatively, add a scoop of protein powder to your favorite instant oatmeal and top with berries.